"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds"
Hebrews 10:24


Joseph J. Autovino, 71, of Elverson, PA was suddenly called to heaven on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 6, 1947 in Bronx, NY, son of Joseph and Josephine “Fanny” (Battista) Autovino. He married Linda G. Fanucchi of Narberth, PA on October 7, 1967.

Joseph served in the US Navy for 4+ years on active duty and studied business at Villanova University. He retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2007 after 38+ years of service to the company holding positions in Systems Integration, Systems Engineering and Information Systems.

As a Christian, and to follow the example set by his father, Joseph felt it was his responsibility to love and care for those in need. He founded “A Friend’s Christmas” at Lockheed in 1987 and saw it grow to serve more than 125 families, 400 children, and 120 seniors with food, clothing and gifts annually. In the effort’s 20th year, Joseph was awarded the Montgomery County Foundation Critical Impact Award for “Innovative Leadership In Support Of Making A Difference In The Lives Of Those Most In Need.” He was thrilled to see that the effort continues to this day through the ongoing dedication of his many colleagues in Management and Data Services.

Joseph also served as the Loaned Executive to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania and as Marketing/Outreach Specialist with Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. Joseph truly lead a charitable life and leaves a legacy of kindness and generosity.

Joseph was a member of Faith Church of Worcester for many years. There he was a founding member of the Faith L.O.V.E. Project, an outreach ministry of the church to communities in Coatesville, PA and acted with the Faith Players, the drama ministry of Faith Church. He was an enthusiastic member of Christian Businessmen’s Connection.

In Elverson, Joseph was a member of Brick Lane Community Church where he served as an usher. In his community, Joseph enjoyed outdoor outings with friends and was a valued member of the Berks Strollers walking group. Joseph was devoted to his grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events and music performances.

Joseph is survived by his devoted and cherished wife of 50 years, Linda (Fanucchi); daughter Christine and husband Patrick (Van Tassel), and their children Sadie, Ondine, and Coralie; son Andrew and fiancee Heather (Bachelor Macalis), and their children Aidan, Ben, Justin, Ava and another precious life to be welcomed later this year; sisters Rosemarie (DiFazio) and Mary Cecile; and many nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter Jeanne; and sister Annette (Iorio).

A memorial service will be held at Brick Lane Community Church, 52 S. Brick Lane, Elverson, PA 19520 at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Visitations will be held Friday, August 24, 2018 from 5 - 7 p.m. and August 25, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the church.

A luncheon will be served in the fellowship hall following the memorial service.

Interment will be private at Fairview Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glenmoore, PA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Joseph’s memory would be greatly honored by donations to one of the following charitable organizations that were near and dear to his heart.

Armed Services Ministry

Boy’s Town USA


Wounded Warrior Project

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:19-25, NIV

Posted by Nutrition Works on 28th August 2018
We were very sad to hear about Joe's passing. It was our pleasure and honor to care for him. We will miss him. May God bless the family at this time. Our deepest sympathies, Gail Eiceman and the Nutrition Works Staff
Posted by Wayne Kaplan on 27th August 2018
Dear Lynn and Family, I am so saddened to hear of Joe's passing. My heart goes out to everyone who knew or even met him for this great loss. I worked with Joe off and on during my entire time at Lockheed, which ended in 2000. I remember him to be a fun-loving, quick humor, kind, generous and giving person, always willing to pitch in and help. Joe was extremely conscientious about all things, work and personal. Although he took his work seriously, he did not take himself too seriously. An inside joke between us was that his surname meant "self-made wine." Joe was an avid story-teller. I especially remember his "Bronx Tales" and Navy tales. The world and I have suffered a loss.
Posted by Emma Shealer on 24th August 2018
My heartfelt condolences to the Autovino family. I met Joe and Lynn when I joined the Berks Community Strollers, we bonded fast and had great conversations during our strolls on the the trails. Joe was a very intelligent,respectful and caring guy. As I travel the trails of this earth, you will always be with me Joe. May your soul rest in peace for all eternity.
Posted by Cheryl Deery on 24th August 2018
My sincere condolences to Joe’s family. I was deeply saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe was an extremely caring and kind man. I worked with Joe at GE/Lockheed Martin for a number of year and had the privilege to work with Joe for many years on The Friend’s Christmas. Joe made quite an impact on many people. May he Rest In Peace in God’s grace.
Posted by Kim Foxhall on 22nd August 2018
Drarest Lynn, Christine & Andrew, We were so very saddened to learn of Joe's sudden passing. Our hearts, thoughts & prayers have been with you, and will continue to be in the days and weeks to come. Joe was such a wonderful and loving friend, not only to us, but to our parents, Don & Gini Grewell, for many years. Joe served with my dad in CBMC for a number of years, and alongside my parents in various ministries at Faith Church in Worcester, PA. I know he will be greatly missed here, but oh, how we will all rejoice one day in heaven!! I believe our Lord Jesus welcomed him home with the words "Well done, good & faithful servant." Much love to you all. Brad, Kim & Cameron Foxhall
Posted by Scott Newcomer on 20th August 2018
I've known Joe for over 20 years. We met when he started attending the weekly King of Prussia CBMC (Christian Business Men's Connection) group. I was leading the meetings when Joe first started attending. I remember him as always having a very positive and up beat outlook, even with challenges from his cancer surgery and radiation. We would often pray together. As we exchanged prayer requests, Joe's requests always included his family and the challenges that they encountered as they grew up as well as the other projects he was involved with and his friends from LM. Joe always had such a heart for helping others and putting his actions behind his faith. After he retired he demonstrated being 'refired' and energized by this new season of his life. I also remember Joe yearly attending the Valley Forge Leadership Prayer Breakfasts and usually reserving seats to bring guests and sit at my CBMC table with Tony and Reg and others. I also remember there was always laughing and joy surrounding Joe and usually an interesting story to share, he will be dearly missed but now joy in a different way, joy in knowing that he is free from disease and experiencing his own joy like never before as he is now with his Lord and Savior in a deeper way!
Posted by John Munro on 17th August 2018
We were saddened to learn of Joe's passing, but happy to know that he is now with his Lord and Savior, Jesus. My wife Joan, and I, knew Joe from Faith Church of Worcester. He and Linda graciously invited us to their house for dinner when we just started to attend this church. Joe was friendly and caring toward us, and all those he came in contact with over the years. He was a living role model of what being a devoted Christian should be. He truly talked the walk and walked the talk spiritually. Our deepest condolences go out to Linda, Christine, Patrick, and all of the other family members.
Posted by Reg McKinstry on 16th August 2018
I knew Joe for 20+ years. We met and got to know each other back in the 90’s through membership in CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection). Over the years, Joe, Eric Hoffer, Tony Ciaverelli and I would often meet for lunch – the last just a week before his passing -- and Joe, Tony and I made a few day trips north to the Bronx to tour Joe’s childhood neighborhood around Arthur Avenue, eat a giant lunch, then shop at the incredible bakeries and cheese shops and other unique food markets that are typical in the Bronx. Joe was a very gregarious and talkative fellow – always positive, never a complainer. He would tell us about his Lockheed Martin charitable activities, volunteering at the Montgomery County Foundation, friends, and especially his family that he loved so dearly. Very importantly, you rarely heard the word “I” – mostly “we and us and them” – never promoting his “own brand” (something that the popular culture stresses that we must do nowadays), but focusing on other people as more important than himself. Maybe most importantly – at least to me – is all that Lynn and Christine and others wrote and posted about Joe on this “Forever missed” website. I’ve read and studied the obituary and stories and photos on the four tabsheets: “About”, “Life”, Gallery” and “Stories”. Thank you all for preparing and posting all of this wonderful stuff. Now I gratefully realize how relatively little I really knew about our Joe -- gregarious and talkative but not a self-promoter. I am in awe of this wonderful man who knew and loved Jesus Christ. Most of all, I am both challenged and greatly humbled by his story. And, I am admittedly (forgive me), somewhat jealous of all that he was and how he lived his faith.
Posted by Elizabeth Leonard on 16th August 2018
Joe, You were the devoted friend of my father, Charles V. Leonard, Jr. Thank you, Joe, and I hope you have found each other in Heaven! Pray for us all, Love, Beth
Posted by Carol Riedel on 16th August 2018
Thinking of you at this difficult time, and hoping that you find comfort in your memories of happier moments. So sorry for your loss. I met Joe a few times at lunches after Berks Strollers Saturday walks.
Posted by Ellie DeFrangesco on 14th August 2018
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Lynn and the entire Autovino Family. I was very saddened to hear of Joe's passing. I worked with Joe at the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. and loved his many stories and funniness...he truly was "one of a kind" and someone to emulate. He loved his family immensely and always was there to help in any way he could. What a remarkable man. I was very blessed to have known Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time. Ellie
Posted by Carol Dickinson on 14th August 2018
Dear Lynn, Christine, and Andrew, We were so sorry and shocked to hear of Joe's passing. We have such fond memories of all of you at Faith Church. Joe was a kind and loving man, a good husband and father. Please know that you all are in our prayers. It is such a comfort to know that he is with the Lord. Christine, I have such good memories of you. Blessings. Carol and Howard Dickinson
Posted by Gloria Pratt on 13th August 2018
Dear Aunt Linda, Christine and Andrew, We are so sorry for the sudden loss of dear Uncle Joe. He was always so lovable and kind. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love Steve and Gloria (Fanucchi) Pratt
Posted by MARIAN FLETCHER on 13th August 2018
My Uncle Joe was a very special Uncle to me. I have wonderful memories as a little girl meeting him for the first time at grandmom and grandpop's house in Narberth, Pa while he was dating my Aunt Linda. I was only 8 years old and remember how loving and kind he was. He was a happy guy and had a great sense of humor. He sincerely cared for others. My husband Ken and I had the privilege of visiting them at their home several months ago and shared pictures, stories and memories together. I will always have warm and loving memories of my Uncle Joe! Rev. 21:4, "God will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". All our love to Aunt Linda, Christine, Andrew and Family
Posted by Linda Griffin Wilson on 13th August 2018
Deepest condolences to Linda and the Autovino family. I was truly blessed to work alongside Joe with the Friends Christmas Project at LM for many years. He was a true Santa Claus and a blessing to not only the children and families he touched with his enormous, gentle, loving, caring heart but to everyone who he came in contact with through the project and in life. The world lost a great man but heaven gained a true angel.
Posted by Cliff Garrett on 13th August 2018
To Joe's Family and All SOS who fondly remember him, He was a wonderful part of the memories we shared and cherish . A Bronx boy who never forgot his beginnings. Rest easy Joe. Cliff Garrett
Posted by Paulette Fields on 13th August 2018
We first met Lynn and Joe as a young couple living in Aquia Harbour Virginia. Christine was about 5 years old and Patrick was an infant. We cherished their friendship and shared many good times together. We were so sad to hear of Joseph's passing; our hearts and prayers go out to this beautiful family.
Posted by Megan Cormier on 13th August 2018
We are sorry for your great loss. I had the opportunity to have long, thoughtful conversations with Mr. Autovino during a cross-Atlantic flight, being his seat neighbor. This may have been the best chance for me to get to know a friend’s father. While on this flight, I was trying to hide in the tears while a Disney movie moved me to be an emotional wreck within the first 5 mins. Mr. Autovino was just the sweetest, pretending not to even notice (or I had hoped he didn’t! Haha). On this long overnight trip, he shared health struggles in his earlier years and I’m convinced he was ready to be with his Lord after this past diagnosis. Mr. A was such a sweet, supportive & funny man to all of his family and friends & I’m so glad to have had the chance to know him for the past ~14 years. Sending my thoughts, prayers and virtual hugs to you all!!
Posted by Bill Van Tassel on 13th August 2018
After reading the touching testimonials on this site I'm sorry that we were separated by such distance, a distance of geography, time and our ages of course; not getting to know Joe as others. Very sorry for those who were so very close to him, and obviously loved the best of the Bronx, who gave to others so much of his valuable time. Thanks Joe and Lynn for giving me such a wonderful daughter-in-law and the three little grand-ladies.
Posted by Natalie Guthrie Johnson on 13th August 2018
What an incredible man! I am so very sorry as I can see this loss is profound. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Posted by Anthony Ciaverelli on 12th August 2018
Joe was like an older brother...a big uncle that looked out for me. We shared a friendship and a Christian brotherhood for almost 20 years. Despite the challenges in his life he always took the time to laugh, smile and share stories about his past. His love for life, his family food and friends… Did I mention food? Joe used food as a way to bring people together. He was very loyal to all of his friendships and people he met during his life and went out of his way to consistently connect, share a meal and relive the past while keeping up with the present. He greatly loved his wife and children and prayed for them fervently. You are greatly missed and even knowing that you are in a better place, the thought of not seeing you here still makes it difficult for me to say goodbye. See you on the other side my friend.
Posted by Doris Goswiller on 12th August 2018
What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful, godly man who blessed others in his lifetime. You, family, and his friends will miss him greatly! Our condolences to the family from Rich & Doris Goswiller. Psalm 119:76 (CSB) “May your faithful love comfort me as you promised your servant.”
Posted by Nancy Farrell on 12th August 2018
Dear Linda and Family, Shocked to learn of Joe's passing. From all of us Farrells, we wish you God's comfort at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Lenora Porzillo on 12th August 2018
I knew Joe from the 1st grade at Our Saviour Elementary School, Bronx,NY Joe was the kindest, most caring and most sympathetic of all students in my class. I wish I had shared this with Joe when I saw him 60 years after our elementary school graduation. I will never forget how kind he was to me one day. My family was very poor. My father was disabled from a massive stroke at 42 years of age. The only clothing I had were hand me downs from an adult woman. I was in the 5th grade. She gave me a coat that I desperately needed. My poor mother tried her best to hem it. The hem was very uneven. I had no choice. I had to wear it as there was no other option. Many of our classmates were not too kind to me. Some of them laughed at me and made fun of the coat. Joe, in his kindness, came over to me and began to talk to me, helping to ease the pain and humiliation. .I was a fat, neglected little girl. My mother had problems with alcohol and had to work to support us. I will never forget Joe's kindness throughout our elementary school years. I know that Jesus was there with opened arms welcoming this wonderful human being. Rest in Peace Joe, you are loved and will be missed.
Posted by Eric Hofer on 12th August 2018
The Lord has (still is) put many great people before me to inspire me and model his ways. Joe was one of the them. From 1988 to lunch on the week of his unexpected passing, Joe has been a personal example to me of (as it says at the top of this site) Hebrews 10:24 - and so much more. I am honored to be able to have called him a close friend. My condolences to Lynn, Christine, Andrew, the rest of the family and those many, many people whom he has touched through his life. One expects that he was welcomed with the greeting "Well done good and faithful servant".
Posted by Fran Boyle on 12th August 2018
Dear Lynn, Christine and Andrew, Rich and I send our deepest condolences. We are heartsick at Joe's passing. He was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and generous people we ever knew. Joe and Rich started at GE back in the 60's and worked together for many years. When Rich had a stroke over 20 years ago, Joe was one of the first people to offer help and he continued to do so for all of these years. We could always count on him. He leaves an amazing legacy with Friend's Christmas. Under Joe's guidance, Rich began a Christmas project in Cincinnati in 1993, touching even more lives. Joe was a wonderful co-worker and a dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
Posted by Craig LaBarge on 12th August 2018
My deepest condolences to Joe's family. I had the honor of working with Joe for many years at GE/Lockheed Martin. When I first joined GE back in the mid-80s, Joe was one of the first people I met. He was always gracious and kind and I will always remember his great sense of humor. Rest easy, my friend. You will be missed.
Posted by Claire Armenio on 12th August 2018
My Deepest Sympathy to the Autovino Family. I worked with Joe in Bldg A at Lockheed Martin. Joe was a pleasure to work with and a privilege to know. We always enjoyed seeing Joe and his wife at the Shady Maple Market. Joe will always be remembered as a selfless person and a person that set an example for others to follow. He will be greatly missed.
Posted by Carol Giacomucci on 11th August 2018
What a great role model. I will always remember his good humor, his willingness help, and his love for the Lord. Rest in Peace, Uncle Joe!
Posted by Lynda Lea Goodall on 11th August 2018
We are so sad for your loss of a truly great and God fearing man. May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time. We will be keeping all of you in our prayers.
Posted by Amy Drummond on 11th August 2018
We are shocked and saddened to hear that Joe has passed away. He was always such a warm welcoming person to us at Faith Church. He is an inspiration to us in the legacy he has left! James and Amy Drummond
Posted by James Graham on 11th August 2018
So sad to learn of the passing of my long time dear friend and colleague. Joe and I worked together at GE/Lockheed Martin, United Way and Montgomery County Foundation! Since retirement, we would occasionally meet for breakfast at the G-Lodge in Phoenixville. I last saw Joe at a Johnny Mathis concert in Lancaster, this past May 31st. I never thought that it would be the last few moments I would spend with him in this life. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to call him a friend! My cincere condolences to the family! Rest in God’s peace my friend! Put in a good word for me! Jim Graham
Posted by Ami Dalkner on 11th August 2018
Although we just met Joe and Linda over the summer at a granddaughter's birthday party, Chris and I were grateful to have been introduced to Christine's parents. It was so sweet in the way he cared for his wife as they sat together chatting to everyone. He packed up her chair and further escorted her to the car later. We wondered if we would be like that as we approached our elder years. What a great example after 50 years of marriage! Our hearts are with the Van Tassels and the entire family. May we all meet together and encourage each other as it says in Hebrews. I have a feeling that is what this most generous man would want for us still here
Posted by Richard Jeffes on 11th August 2018
I'm sorry, Christine...I've always admired Joe and he guided me along when I was a much younger believer. Know this, he was instrumental in my walk while I was at Faith. He truly made a difference in my life and will be missed!
Posted by Gregory Christiano on 11th August 2018
My deepest sympathy to the family and for the loss of a dear friend. Joe and I go back to our childhood in the Bronx. We are the same age. We grew up in the same neighborhood of the Bronx. We shared many a great adventure in those formative years. Joe's family lived on 183rd Street and Third Ave. We could reach out from his 2nd story window and practically touch the elevated train. I lived on 184th Street between Washington Ave and Park Ave., just a short walk to his house. After our graduation from Our Saviours in 1960 we went our separate ways. It was decades later when, through Joe's efforts and organization, he brought all of our friends and elementary school classmates together again in those Arthur Avenue reunions. Those were precious moments. We have many photos of those events and more unforgettable memories. Joe was loved by all and he will be sorely missed.
Posted by Jack Crans on 11th August 2018
Joe has been a long encourager and precious blessing to 'County Corrections Gospel Mission' here in the City of Coatesville..... through his strong labors with Faith Church of Worcester ( Faith Love Project ) and the many years of his leading Lockheed Martin's mission to special needs families....we were most blessed from the very outset and as God enabled him for so many years....... he continued in most enduring ways even amidst physical battles along the way ... Joe inspired many to follow his caring heart and inspired the sharing of blessings to those most needful by his friends who trusted and loved him so much, as well... He always gave glory to God and Linda was a strong encouragement of his many selfless hours .... we have been shocked by the news of Joe's passing and ache that we only knew this in a most recent post.... we remain here for his loving family and long to connect as they might desire ... we remain grateful and overwhelmed by Joe's life ! Jack and Sue Crans ( jackccgm@aol.com ) www.countycorrectionsgospelmission.org
Posted by Julia McGee on 11th August 2018
My sincere condolences, Christine. It was many years ago that I worked with your father at Lockheed Martin, but I remember how kind he was to me at a very stressful time in my life - a blessing I truly needed. I am grateful to know him and pray for your family in this time of loss. <3

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